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Old Master Drawings | Lecture Series with Christopher Baker

National (National) Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Friday 10 November, Thursday 16 November, and Thursday 23 November, 10.30am–12 noon
£33, Friends and guests

Booking essential


Old master drawings are among the greatest treasures of British collections, including the National Galleries of Scotland. They provide intimate and rich insights into the work and thought of artists, ranging from Leonardo to Rembrandt. This lecture series will introduce key themes which help to underpin an appreciation of such studies: it will consider how they were made, through a brief survey of materials and techniques; why they were created; and finally, how they have been valued and preserved by later collectors. Christopher Baker is an Hon. Professor at Edinburgh University and was a Director at the National Galleries of Scotland for ten years.

  • Friday 10 November - Old Master Drawings 1: Techniques
  • Thursday 16 November - Old Master Drawings 2: Functions
  • Thursday 23 November - Old Master Drawings 3: Collecting
Raphael (Raffaello Santi) A Kneeling Nude Woman About 1518
Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop

Gallery facilities

Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

Our partial Changing Places toilet has all of the facilities of a full Changing Places toilet, and though the floor area meets the overall size requirement (13.54m2 minimum), it is just a little too narrow to be classed as a full Changing Places toilet.

There are a limited number of small lockers available, but there is no space to store large items of luggage.

There is limited on street parking close by including for those with a blue badge. 

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Café
  • Restaurant
Getting here

Getting here

The National can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

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  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Lecture or talk Friends

Old Master Drawings | Lecture Series with Christopher Baker

Booking essential


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